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Devin Donovan

Associate Professor, General Faculty; Associate Director, Writing and Rhetoric Program

322-B Bryan Hall

Office Hours: On Zoom, F 10-12.
Class Schedule: MW 2:00-3:15, 3:30-4:45

Writing Program


Ph.D. Lehigh University, 2013
M.A. University College Dublin, 2007
B.A. University of Virginia, 2005


  • “Writing for Real: Using Authentic Writing Tasks to Break Free of the Five-Paragraph Theme.” Richmond Area Schools Professional Development Series. August 28, 2018.
  • “Teaching Writing in Times of Crisis.” Chautauqua Writers’ Festival: Writing in Times of Crisis. Chautauqua, NY, June 2018.
  • “Rethinking Ambition: Using Writing to Empower Students as Learners” 38th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Teaching Writing Where We Are and for Where We Hope Our Students Will Go. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2017.
  • “Listening to the Silences in Student Writing.” 37th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Empowering Writers: Expanding Student Literacy, Language, and Lives. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2016.
  • "Collaboration and Competition in 'Epic Rap Battles of History.'" Fun and Games: Composition in the 21st Century. 36th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2015.
  • “Remembrance; Recitation, Resuscitation: A Lunch Hour with Martin McDonagh.” Lehigh Humanities Center Grant Presentation, Bethlehem, PA. November 2012.
  • “Leaving the Bricks Behind: Roddy Doyle’s Wordy Dublin.” Weighing Words Conference, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. July/August 2012.
  • “Snapping the Cricket Bat: Confusion and Ambivalence in Rohinton Mistry’s Swimming Lessons.” English Studies & Social Justice, Pennsylvania College English Association, Bethlehem, PA. April 2010.


  • The Elizabeth Stout Dissertation Award for The College of Arts & Sciences, 2013
  • Lehigh University College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Fellowship, 2008


Essays & Reviews
  • “On the Eve of All Saints’ Eve” Stonecoast Review, 9 (2018).
  • “‘Moving Forward into Remove’: A Review of Jana Prikryl’s After Party” Mantis, 15 (2017)
  • "My Yopp into the Void" Talking Writing: Nature and Technology Issue, Spring 2015
  • "The Start of the River" Work Literary Magazine, December 2015
  • "Minding the Toddler" The Windsor Review, 49.2 (2017)
  • "Typing the Robot" Right Hand Pointing, 97 (2016)
  • "The Sound Being" GFT Press, March 2016.
  • "Crawl Space," "When a Kid Comes Up" Freshwater Review, 20 (2016)
  • "A Couple Discusses Their Options" Three Line Poetry, 34 (2015)